Video: Quitting His Job was a Good Move for This Georgia Contractor

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Jason and Nicole Rahn started their construction business in 2009 after Jason decided to quit his job as a welder and bought a dump truck.

They could then focus their attention full time on what would become The McGraley Company, which now has revenues of $13 million to $15 million a year and 70 employees.

Based in Springfield, Georgia, McGraley performs a variety of projects for commercial, residential and industrial clients, including land clearing, site grading, earthwork, dirt sales, landscaping maintenance and landfill construction.

In this video, Nicole and Jason Rahn tell how they started the company and how they grew it, including how they got some crucial help from a consultant. The company also plays a large contributing role in its community, and came up with a unique way to help employees weather the pandemic.

The McGraley Company was a finalist in Equipment World's 2022 Contractor of the Year program. The program recognizes contractors who display the highest standards of business acumen, equipment management expertise, attention to safety and community involvement. Each year, 12 finalists receive an expense-paid trip to Las Vegas to participate in roundtable discussions and an awards ceremony.

The 2023 program will coincide with ConExpo-Con/Agg, North America’s largest construction trade show. Nominations are open now. Submit your entry by September 23, 2022 to be considered. For more information, visit 

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